Applications have opened for 8 ‘Justice First’ training contracts at top UK charities

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By Hannah Levy on

Salaried social welfare TCs up for grabs as part of new Legal Education Foundation scheme


Applications opened this morning for a rather attractive little number for Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduates with an interest in human rights and social welfare law.

The Legal Education Foundation (LEF) is funding seven training contracts at law centres and charities throughout the UK, plus an additional eighth position at London civil rights law firm Deighton Pierce Glynn.

LPC graduates are being specifically targeted for the roles, which start on 5 January 2015 — yes, you don’t have to apply two years in advance! — and can be applied for through Legal Cheek Jobs


The participating law centres and charities are London’s Public Law Project and Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Govan Law Centre in Glasgow, the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, Coventry Law Centre, Cardiff’s Speakeasy Law Centre, and North Staffordshire and Stoke Citizens Advice Bureau.

Pay for the training contracts varies between organisation. And while it’s probably safe to assume remuneration may be below magic circle rates, the LEF assures Legal Cheek that each position is “fully-salaried”.

LEF — which was created from the £200 million sale last year of the University of Law to private equity firm Montagu — says that applicants must have completed the LPC or Scottish Diploma in Professional Legal Practice by 30 September this year, be able to commit to the two-year term of the training contract, “be in good academic standing at their law school” and have “demonstrated commitment to social welfare law.” The foundation adds:

“We are particularly interested in students who wish to effect change in the legal community, such as members of public interest and/or pro bono organisations on campus and those who have dedicated time to serving low-income or less privileged communities either during or prior to law school.”

Applications close on 30 September, with applicants notified of their initial selection, or otherwise, on 10 October, before interviews take place between 15 October and 15 November. Successful candidates are then notified of their appointments on 30 November, before starting work on 5 January.